Ready, Set, Kindergarten!

Ready, Set, Kindergarten! — Turkeys & Thanksgiving

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To start, I went over our mobile classroom items of the week (Color: Brown [like most turkeys — at least turkey illustrations in kids books!]; Shape: Circle [like a pie]; Letters: W & X; and Number: 7 [a lucky number since we were talking about things we were thankful for]. Our concept of the week was upper- and lowercase letters. 

Then we started circle time:

Song: Days of the Week (to the tune of The Addams Family)
Days of the week, (clap, clap)
Days of the week, (clap, clap)
Days of the week, days of the week, days of the week. (clap, clap)
There’s Sunday and there’s Monday,
There’s Tuesday and there’s Wednesday,
There’s Thursday and there’s Friday,
And then there’s Saturday.
Days of the week, (clap, clap)
Days of the week, (clap, clap)
Days of the week, days of the week, days of the week. (clap, clap)
Source: Ms. Brown’s Classroom

We looked at our calendar and discussed what day of the week it was, what month we were in, and what day of the month it was. Then we moved on to the weather:

Song: What’s the Weather? (to the tune of Oh My Darling Clementine)
What’s the weather? What’s the weather?
What’s the weather like today?
Is it sunny? Is it windy?
Is it rainy? Is it cold?

What’s the weather? What’s the weather?
What’s the weather like today?
Is it snowy? Is it cloudy?
Is it stormy? Is it hot?
Source: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/460563499387764713/

Then it was time for our theme discussion. 

Non-Fiction Book: Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade by Melissa Sweet

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I love this book because instead of the traditional pilgrim/Native American feast (which most have discussed in preschool already), we explore a fun Thanksgiving Day tradition. Most kids have watched the parade and have seen the giant balloons so it’s interesting to find out who designed them.

Fiction Book: I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie by Alison Jackson; pictures by Judith Byron Schachner

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A Thanksgiving take on the classic song. I ended up singing it and the kids really enjoyed it! I was hesitant because of the “perhaps she’ll die” parts but I listened to this song as a kid and took it with a grain of salt and these kids did too.

After our book reading we did a book retelling activity based on an idea I found on A Librarian Less Ordinary. I made the paper bag Old Lady puppet and passed out laminated food to the front row (we had a ton of kids at this session which was unusual so only the first row got to participate but the other kids took it very well). We paged through the book to look at the order of foods she eats and as each one came up, the kid who had that particular food got to insert it into her mouth. It was very cute. I ended up having to wear the puppet on my hand because she wouldn’t stand up for us but that was fun too. 🙂

When we were done with that we talked about our letters of the month. We discussed the letter W first. We talked about the sounds W makes and some words that start with W. Then we reviewed letter X.

Letter W Book: Whistle for Willie by Ezra Jack Keats

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Peter wants to whistle to his dog Willie and have him come running but he can’t whistle! Will he ever learn how? A classic children’s book author and a classic story of a boy and his dog.

After our story we did our letter X craft. This was the same craft I did for our Annual Alphabet craft two years ago. 

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Then the kids were free to roam the centers. I made all of the signs in Canva.

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I filled the tray with salt and lined it with an image from Canva. The number formation rhyme is from Teaching Mama. The letter instructions came from Worksheets to Print.

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The windsurfer and walrus are from the In the Water and Arctic TOOBs, respectively. The whale is from a pack from Dollar Tree. The wombat is from a pack of Australian animals I found on Amazon. The web and wheel are from the library’s LEGO bins. 

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Of course, X is a tough one so most of the manipulatives are clip art printed on card stock and then laminated. The orange is from Dollar Tree and represents the ximenia, a fruit that looks very similar to an orange.

The foam letters for both bins came from puzzles I found at Dollar Tree. I created the tub labels in Canva.

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I got the alphabet and counting mats from Oriental Trading. The brown play-doh is leftover from our Bugs & Insects session. 

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This week’s sensory bin was filled with dried brown eyed peas. I found this incredible (FREE!) turkey shape matching game at Tot Schooling. I taped half of the turkeys to the table and buried the other halves in the peas. The kids dug around, found the other half of each shape, and matched them up. They loved it. The sensory bin table is always one of the busiest. They just love to dig around in there and make a mess!

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I got the idea for this craft from Mrs. Plemons’ Kindergarten. I think every kid took home a name turkey and that made me very happy.

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I got these mats and letters from that Tot Schooling Thanksgiving pack. I printed everything out on card stock and laminated it. Easy peasy!

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This table was the hit of the day! Who knew??

The green bins came from Dollar Tree. The labels came from the Tot Schooling Thanksgiving pack. It’s a color matching game but I cut out the turkeys and taped them on to the words and laminated the whole thing. Super cute, right?? The food was mostly borrowed from my son. We bought him a play kitchen last Christmas and added a supplementary box of plastic food from Target. Some of the food was also from my ABC bins, all of which came from Dollar Tree.

Our session summary:

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I also handed out two letter/number of the week worksheets for them to color at home and practice their writing. I got the letter worksheets from Easy Peasy Learners and the number worksheets from Tot Schooling. Their homework this week was a coloring sheet I found at Whimsy Workshop Teaching on Teachers Pay Teachers. The kids color all the things they’re thankful for and they can add their own. How cute is that?

Last Ready, Set, Kindergarten! program of the year next month!

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